America, Land I Love, Where Slaves Were Happy, Men Romped with Dinosaurs and Hippies Were Rude Dirty Immoral Satan-Worshippers

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Abby Zimet

Next week, Louisiana's highest court will consider whether Bobby Jindal's controversial education voucher program is a. what supporters call "bold," "historic," and "a lifeline (that) rescues many from the sea of educational despair," or b. what lower courts and many critics call unconstitutional, segregationist and way wacky. Alarmingly, though, for now Louisiana students continue to learn a Creationist, revisionist history wherein the KKK were good guys, dragons were real and hippies were unbathed immoral heathens who "deliberately broke all codes of politeness," and never mind the pacifism - a characterization that, barring the heathen part, some us take strong exception to, especially when we had to lug alot of water for our (daily) bath. Mostly, though, we object because reasonable people would argue that "teach your children well" means don't lie to them. Hopefully, the court will agree.

"Many young people turned to drugs and immoral lifestyles’ these youths became known as hippies. They went without bathing, wore dirty, ragged, unconventional clothing, and deliberately broke all codes of politeness or manners. Rock music played an important part in the hippie movement and had great influence over the hippies. Many of the rock musicians they followed belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship."

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